|Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (The Bookman, 1929)|
Heartlessly torn from the brittle pages of a 1929 issue of THE BOOKMAN was this summary and review of MEMOIRS OF A FOX HUNTING MAN by Sigfried Sassoon:
"'Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man', it sounds comfortable, out of doors, Victorian; it seems to belong on a shelf in a library hung with pictures of beloved horses; it does not suggest the Sassoon of 1917 and 1918."
"During the war something was lost to Englishmen which they can recapture in nostalgic memories but never recover in fact. This strange novel of Sassoon's reminds one of the faintly faded colors and old-fashioned security of English sporting prints."
"It is a charming, sober-hued book, full of the peaceful solidities of days spent with ploughed fields, sweating horses and simple, friendly men for whom the fox and the hound are all that life holds most worth while...After many tranquil chapters never very far from the stirrups, the war swallows up our fox-hunting man. But he remains calm to the end, which is hardly an end, but more like a semicolon. Somehow the healthy weariness, the the outdoor magic of those years of fox-hunting persist even under bombardment.
Siegfried Sassoon on War Poetry (Vanity Fair, 1920)
The following five page article was written by the World War I poet, Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), in an
"attempt to give a rough outline of what the British poets did in the Great War, making every allowance for the fact that they were writing under great difficulty...".
Sassoon gave a thorough going-over of every war poet that he admired, naming at least twenty. It is a wonderful and revealing read for all those who have come to admire the poets of the First World War and Sigfried Sassoon in particular.
Click here to read additional articles about W.W. I poetry.
A Brass Hat in No Man's Land - Reviewed by Robert Graves (Now & Then, 1930)
War poet Robert Graves was assigned the task of reviewing the W.W. I memoir "A Brass Hat in Mo Man's Land" by the English General F.P. Crozier and came away liking it very much: "It is the only account of fighting on the Western Front that I have been able to read with sustained interest and respect." Crozier's memoir did not spare the reader any details involving the nastier side of the war; he reported on "trench suicides", self-inflicted wounds and mutinies:
"My experience of war, which is a prolonged one, is that anything may happen in it from the highest kinds of chivalry and sacrifice to the very lowest forms of barbaric debasement."
Click here to read the 1918 interview with General Hindenburg in which he declared that the Germans lost the war as a result of the American Army.